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Old 10-06-2006, 01:57 PM   #1
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New guy Considering a Trailer and got ??

This is my first post to the board. So HI Everyone!
I'm seriously considering getting a '67 Caravel that from pictures and correspondence looks to be solid and in working condition with the exception of the stove.
Itís been sitting for 2 years without moving but was used heavily prior to that time.
My question is, what should I look for when picking it up? I have a 12 hour trip at least to bring it back home and Iím very concerned with something bad happening on the way. What precautions should I take or things to lookout for?

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Old 10-06-2006, 09:23 PM   #2
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Hi, jlettau,

Welcome to the forums. Things are super quiet here on Friday nights as they are on the rest of the net. (Yeah, four folks may post while I compose this.)

Two years may not be a long time in the grand scheme of things, but some good questions to investigate are WHEN were the wheel bearings last serviced, HOW OLD are the tires, HOW FAR are you planning on dragging it, and have you considered the variation that can exist between buyer's expectations and sellers pride in the product.

I'm not any sort of expert on 60's trailers other than having observed that a lot of them are out there and a lot of them belong to folks who own very nice ones.

More knowledgeable folks will chime in here.


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Old 10-06-2006, 09:38 PM   #3
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Hi and welcome! I'm no expert either, but I will offer this advice until the experts check in. Take some time to search for the following, using the search function in the blue bar above:

Tail sag, floor rot, axle condition.
Also anything else that may concern you. There have been a couple of fairly recent posts on towing home a newly purchased vintage trailer. You should find pertinant info there. Good luck in your quest!
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Old 10-06-2006, 10:00 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forums... and let me say Caravels rock!

What should you look for... first and foremost safety issues. Tires (get new ones unless less than 4 years old no matter how much tread!) check brakes, lights, hitch. Be sure all propane, etc. is off! Take your time coming home. Don't pick her up when in a hurry!

Then... I would suggest looking at the following thread. Read through the posts and you will learn a lot! So much depends on your personal style and what you like!

Caravels are often quite sought after so if it is in fairly good shape, especially the floor! You can probably get what you paid for her unless the price is really high! That way, if you feel you made a mistake later... you will be ok!

You will more than likely want to restore her anyway. The electrical will be substandard for any of todays needs! You will probably also want to make some adaptations to the sewer system... likely no gray water tank...??? but they are a great size!

Good luck and post pictures when you bring her home!

Mrs. NorCal Bambi (traveling in S Tardis)
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